Patients that have a pacemaker system implanted are normally contra-indicated for an MRI scan. Currently, most patients implanted with a pacemaker system are denied an MRI scan as the magnetic field of an MRI scanner may seriously harm pacemaker functionality. 8

The ImageReady™ MR Conditional pacing system has been created specifically as a system for use with MRI scans. With ImageReady™ any part of the body may be imaged.

  • Benefits of an MRI scan

    The MRI technology shows diseases or injuries which cannot be detected with existing x-ray technology.

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  • ImageReady™

    With ImageReady™ technology patients, who have the INGENIO™ MRI or ADVANTIO™ MRI Pacemaker, are eligible to have a full body MRI scan under certain conditions.

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  • The implant

    Have a look on how FINELINE™ II leads are implanted.

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  • The patient

    If you are eligible for an MRI scan, the cardiologist/electrophysiologist and/orr technician will program the device...

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Benefits of an MRI Scan

  • % of comorbidities

    of pacemaker patient have 1 or more comorbidities 1
  • comorbidities that can easily be detected by an MRI scan

    Stroke, prostate cancer, osteoarthritis, colorectal cancer
    Significant increase in comorbidities in pacemaker population as of 65 years 2 4
  • An estimated 50 - 75% of pacemaker patients will be indicated for an MRI scan 1

    25% vs. 75%
    17% of pacemaker patients need an MRI within 12 months 7

why go for an MRI scan

MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has become the imaging procedure of choice for extensive clinical evaluation and diagnosis. It is superior in displaying soft tissue contrast, is unobstructed by bone, and has the unique ability to recreate anatomic structure in three dimensions. 9

MRI can also be used to diagnose or monitor

  • Conditions that affect the brain, for example, dementia, stroke, multiple sclerosis and meningitis
  • Heart conditions, for example valve problems or narrowing of your blood vessels
  • Cancer
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Conditions or injuries, that affect your bones and joints, for example arthritis or sport injuries
  • Bowel disease

how does it work?

While the patient lies inside a large, cylinder-shaped magnet, the MRI scanning device sends harmless magnetic and radio waves through the patients body to create detailed pictures of organs and tissue. Meaning there is no exposure to x-rays or any other damaging forms of radiation. 10

ImageReady™ - The Boston Scientific solution for an MR Conditional pacing system


    more than MRI

    With ImageReady™ technology patients with an INGENIO™ MRI or ADVANTIO™ MRI pacemaker and FINELINE™ II pacing lead(s) are eligible to have a full MRI body scan under certain conditions. These pacemakers are designed with following specifics.

    • Minimized use of ferromagnetic materials which can interact during a typical MRI scan.
    • Circuitry designed to tolerate voltages that may be induced during MRI scans.
    • MRI Protection Timer automatic timeout function that returns Pulse Generator to original pacing settings

    Backward MRI compatible

    Due to possible heating of the lead tip the pacemaker leads are in most occasions the major restriction for having an MRI scan. Boston Scientific's FINELINE™ II leads are now backwards compatible with INGENIO™ MRI and ADVANTIO™ MRI pacemakers

    • Unique co-radial lead design to minimize lead tip heating and allows patients to undergo full-body MRI scans at 1.5 Tesla. 5
    • Proven long-term reliability of 99,93% with nearly 1.3 million implanted since 2001. 6
    • World's thinnest MRI pacing lead family: 5.1 F

ImageReady™ provides 'more than MRI' compatibility alone; unique features that make a difference to your life every day.

  • Indication based programming
    Provides instant optimal programming
    Designed to reduce unnecessary RV pacing
  • RightRate™
    Designed to restore normal chronotropic competence
  • RF programming and LATITUDE™ NXT
    Remote patient monitoring
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Are you a patient?

You’re a pacemaker dependant patient and still have some questions for us?

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Are you a physician?

You’re a physician and eager to find out more about the Boston Scientific MRI solution.

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FINELINE™ II implant experience.

Want to have a closer look on how FINELINE™ II leads are implanted?

Looking for more information?
Do not hesitate to contact your local Boston Scientific representative.

FINELINE™ II implant experience.

Want to have a closer look on how FINELINE™ II leads are implanted?

Looking for more information?
Do not hesitate to contact your local Boston Scientific representative.

The Patient

Thanks to the MR Conditional pacing systems, patients with a pacemaker can from now on undergo an MRI scan. The follow-up of a strict procedure and the continuous guidance of specialists is an absolute necessity.

You have an IMAGEREADY™ pacing system implanted and need to undergo an MRI scan?

Following steps will take place 11:

  1. If you require to have an MRI scan your cardiologist or device physician will make sure you fit the MRI scan criteria first.
  2. When OK, your cardiologist or device physician will program your pacemaker into MRI Protection Mode before you go to the MRI radiologist.
  3. A printout with the pacemaker settings can be used to confirm your device is programmed in to MRI mode. This printed report can be used as reference for MRI scan procedure by radiologist personnel.
  4. After an MRI scan, your pacemaker will return to the original pacemaker settings either by manual reprogramming by cardiologist or device physician, or automatically if the appropriate time-out parameter was set. 10

In case your implanting physician advises you to replace your current pacemaker with a newer model, the unique FINELINE™ II lead backward compatibility, allows you to have a complete MR Conditional pacing system only by replacing the device to an INGENIO™ MRI or ADVANTIO™ MRI pacemaker.

Ask your specialist for more information on how you could benefit from the advantages of the ImageReady™ pacing system.

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